Why does my Domain Name need ID Protection (Privacy Protection)?
What does ID Protection (Privacy Protection) Actually Do?
ID Protection, also known as Privacy Protection, plays a pivotal role in controlling access to your personal information and data online. This service is essential in shielding you from third parties who might use your details for aggressive marketing tactics or worse.
The importance of protecting your privacy cannot be overstated. It helps prevent security risks such as unauthorized access to your confidential and financial information. Moreover, it spares you from the nuisance of being targeted by scam organizations.
Domain ID Protection (privacy protection) is a critical measure for safeguarding your personal information against unwanted solicitations and security threats. By obscuring your contact details from public databases, domain ID Protection effectively reduces the risk of identity theft, unsolicited marketing, and potential domain hijacking.
KartHost recognizes the significance of these protections and offers free ID Protection for domain names. This complimentary service ensures your personal information remains shielded from spammers, scammers, and telemarketers, underscoring our commitment to prioritizing our clients’ privacy and security without any additional cost.
What happens if you don’t protect your privacy?
When you purchase a domain name, that ‘domain name record’ is a public record, meaning that anybody has access to it. This list is then accessible by (usually) aggressive marketing services that can freely access your contact information using something called a “Whois” service.
You can think of this in pretty much the same way as you would want to generate an email list for marketing purposes.
Believe it or not, there are even services that harvest your personal information from the Public Whois Record and sell it directly to marketing firms! Hackers can also pose as legitimate businesses over email so that your employees will open a fake email which can compromise your data.
When you don’t have Domain Name ID Protection, all of your contact information is public. This means that your name, address, email, and phone number are all exposed. And I’m sure you already know who is on the lookout for this valuable information… you guessed it! It’s marketing firms, scanners, spammers, and other types of fraudsters.
It can also become a huge problem if you work within highly competitive markets. Your domain name registration can be used by your competitors to gain an insight into how your business operates. Depending on your position in the market, it can potentially harm your market share.
As with any form of identity theft, it should be taken seriously and a strong consideration when you are registering your domain name.
How ID Protection (Privacy Protection) works
At KartHost, our ID Protection is handled by a third-party company called PrivacyProtect.org based out of Massachusetts, USA. Here is a simplified visual explanation of what they do:
What PrivacyProtect.org does is mask your personal information with their business so that they can observe and block all unwanted marketing and potential attacks that would otherwise be coming your way.
Think of it as a security guard for your business!
We recommend using ID Protection (Privacy Protection) on all personal domain names that will allow them.
Unfortunately, there is a list of domain name extensions (TLD’s) that are not allowed Privacy Protection as an option, and they are .US, .CA (available for individuals, not businesses), .AM, .ASIA, .DE, .EU, .FM, .IN, .IT, .JOBS, .MS, .NU, .SE, .TC, .TK, .TW, .TEL, .UK.COM, .US.COM.
We also recommend using Privacy Protection on your business domain names to protect your information from being easily harvested.
An important thing to note here is that if you plan on using ID Protection (Privacy Protection) on your business domain, you need to make sure that you create a strong ‘About Us’ or ‘Contact’ page on your website. This will need to contain far more than just your contact email address and a form. We would suggest a phone number, a regular mailing address, and other means of contacting you to gain that trust factor with your customers.
After all, no one would trust a business that seems to be impossible to contact!
The best-value add-on
In our humble opinion, ID Protection represents one of the greatest value-for-money services you can add to your business. And by now, you’re probably thinking that it seems like a well-worth investment, but are no doubt a little concerned about the cost.
To put your mind at ease, it is actually very affordable!
Privacy Protection service—operated by privacyprotection.org—can cost around $6.99 a year. Because we believe it is so important, we include it at no extra cost to all KartHost Domain Name customers! That is ZERO Cost to you. How does that sound for affordability?
Hassle-free domain name ownership
If you’re looking to set up your new domain name and are concerned about privacy, our expert team is here to help.
We believe that all businesses should be able to build their online presence without fear of their private information being stolen and misused.
(Plus, we really despise aggressive spam marketers.)
Order or Transfer your domain name to KartHost Today. Read our Checklist on How to Prepare Your Domain Name Transfer to KartHost. If you are still uncomfortable on how to transfer a domain name, give us a call. Wouldn’t you feel safer knowing your identity and business information is secure with ID Protection at KartHost?
What is my domain name record showing to the public?
Want to see what your domain name record looks like right now? Here is a great site to see what is on public view to the world. WhoIs Lookup at Domain Tool.
Don’t like what you see? Maybe it’s time to see how KartHost can help.